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Safeguarding

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We have a duty, under the Children Act 2004, to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people to provide our students with a safe learning environment It also has a duty, to promote and safeguard the welfare of vulnerable adults. The Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Act 2021 requires governing bodies of further education colleges to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The Children Act 2004 requires agencies to work co-operatively to protect the welfare of children. Colleges also have a duty under Section 26 (1) of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, which includes not just violent extremism but also non-violent extremism (Prevent Duty).

Hopwood Hall College has a team of designated Safeguarding Officers who have specific responsibility for operational safeguarding and Child Protection arrangements.

Tracey Marrow is our Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Safeguarding Officers are: Katie Howarth, Laura Hilley, Jacob Mahony and Sadia Khan.

We are committed to a whole College approach to Safeguarding and to this end we will ensure that all staff are trained in Safeguarding and Child Protection issues and are kept up to date with changes in legislation and practice holds the safety, health, well-being and welfare of students as paramount. The Safeguarding Team are supported by the Pastoral and Welfare Officers based in the Hub. We also have a team of Student Safety Officers and Behaviour Support Officers dedicated to keep you safe at college.

Caroline Street is the SLT lead for Safeguarding and we have a dedicated Staff Governor for Safeguarding, Steve Taylor.

For more information or to report a concern

We will take all allegations and suspicions of abuse seriously and will respond to them promptly. We will also make information available on Safeguarding and Child Protection to parents and students.

Students can speak to any member of staff about their concerns or visit the Pastoral Welfare Team in the Hub. Students in the workplace should speak to their supervisor or assessor. Alternatively you can contact any of the staff below:

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Tracey Marrow - Designated Safeguarding Lead: 07850323664

Katie Howarth - Safeguarding Officer: 07903 680 819

Laura Hilley - Safeguarding Officer and Behaviour Lead: 07903 680 813

Jacob Mahony - Safeguarding Officer: 0737 529 0086

Sadia Khan - Safeguarding Officer: 07496 387 321

Email: safeguarding@hopwood.ac.uk or safeguardingofficers@hopwood.ac.uk

Don’t forget to include your name and the issue(s) you’re concerned about.

Visitors can also read our Safeguarding information Leaflet here.

PREVENT AND BRITISH VALUES

What is Prevent?

Prevent is a government strategy about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of all types of extremism and radicalisation, including terrorism. It is also about the promotion of British Values.

Section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on the college to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. Extremism and radicalisation might include violent Islamist groups, the extreme right wing and other causes.

Why do we need to be aware of Prevent and Extremism?

Prevent is not just about extremism. It is about promoting and teaching values such as tolerance and mutual respect and ensuring that learners and staff are safe. The Prevent duty requires the college to exemplify British Values in their practice and to use opportunities to explore British Values and to challenge extremism. British values are supported by our College Values and are defined as:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

At Hopwood Hall College, we will make sure any discussions with learners are safe, appropriate and suitable and that we take steps to ensure that learners are well informed about the vulnerabilities, threats and risks relating to extremism and radicalisation. This will be done through tutorial session and other activities as part of the learner’s programme of study. We work with our partners including Channel so that learners are supported as part of our wider Safeguarding work.

Prevent and Safeguarding

At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children, young people and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity. Our staff are trained to identify any risks and to provide help, advice and support to any learners who may be at risk or vulnerable.

How to report a concern or get help

Please contact our Safeguarding Lead Tracey Marrow by email on safeguarding@hopwood.ac.uk or by telephone on 07850323664 or you can use the reporting submission form below.

You can also report a concern to www.gov.uk/report-terrorism. For more information visit: http://www.ltai.info/contact

OPERATION ENCOMPASS

The college has signed up to Operation Encompass. This is an INITIATIVE WHICH ENHANCES COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE POLICE AND SCHOOLS WHERE A CHILD IS AT RISK FROM DOMESTIC ABUSE. The purpose of the information sharing is to ensure schools and colleges have more information to support safeguarding of children and young people. By knowing that our student has had this experience, the college is in a better position to understand and be able to offer support and to meet the needs of our students and their families. Our Safeguarding team are trained in Operation Encompass procedures.

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Please read our Information for Visitors leaflet here.

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